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Party Poopers

Vince Amlin

On the last night of our retreat at Plum Village, a Buddhist monastery in France, the nuns who led my small group invited us to a potato barbecue.


Transformed Nonconformists

Vicki Kemper

How easy it is to use this scripture to justify our self-righteous refusal to go along with any ol' thing.


Baking with the Pharisees

Emily C. Heath

Jesus was trying to tell the disciples to be wary of the false teachings of religious authorities like the Pharisees and Sadducees.


Super-Human

Quinn G. Caldwell

Earlier this summer, two women visiting Panama City Beach in Florida heard screams and saw two young boys hundreds of feet out from shore.


A Glass Darkly

Mary Luti

A cartoon shows a pastor meeting with the chairperson of the church council.


Too Much of What We Want

Kenneth L. Samuel

Upon their exodus out of Egyptian slavery, God instructed the Hebrews to abandon the worship of idols their parents engaged in while they were in bondage, and to direct their devotions toward the one God who had heard their pleas and secured their liberation.


"I've never driven a golf cart and I hate Kid Rock."

Matt Fitzgerald

I don't travel much, but I've been to Canada. Here's what I heard: "Oh. You're an American."


Did we come all this way to meet no one but ourselves?

Lillian Daniel

Tamar Elad-Appelbaum was raised in an orthodox Jewish community in Jerusalem.


It's What's Inside

Tony Robinson

One August day, when I was a young pastor, a group of people showed up at the church office demanding to know if I had been "born again."


The Great Laboratory of Love

Richard L. Floyd

A pastor friend of mine is known to have told his congregation, "If there isn't somebody here who rubs you the wrong way you need to come around more often."